Creating Dreams



We tell our teens

“For you there is no limit”

For fear their dreams

May somehow be diminished


What we profess

Advises them tragically

That their success

Somehow happens magically


Personal goal

Not set in reality

Takes as its toll

Failure with finality


Rather than say

“There is nothing that is barred”

Also convey

“If you do the work that’s hard”


Yes, chase your dreams

There is nothing you can’t be

Life’s all it seems

If you have tenacity




20 Responses to “Creating Dreams”
  1. This is excellent advice to parents at this time as younger generations have gotten used to getting whatever they ask for, or, at best, negotiating for it.

  2. You are right, Brad. We need to pay plenty of attention to our children. The poem is beautifully written.

  3. Francisco Bravo Cabrera says:

    Hello Brad, and first let me thank you from the bottom of my heart for your comments and your thoughts on my art work. I truly am humbled by your words and appreciate them. Second let me tell you that I loved this poem. You have created a very strong impression of the way we sometimes teach or not, our adolescent children. Your images are very strong and your poem is beautiful. I see that you are a very talented writer and I have greatly enjoyed your work.
    All the best to you and my greetings from Spain,

    • Brad Osborne says:

      Hello, Francisco! You are very kind with your words. I love your art and as a writer I am likely very jealous of those visual talents that I don’t possess. I look forward to viewing more of your works when time permits, and hope you may find something here that touches you the way your paint fills my ears with music. All my best!

      • Francisco Bravo Cabrera says:

        Hello Brad and thank you so much. I appreciate so much your words and I look forward to reading your works and getting to know more of your artistic world. Once again, thank you so much! All the best from Spain,

  4. petespringerauthor says:

    The parenting business never ends. My adult son just lost his job to a clear case of nepotism. I know he’ll bounce back, but when this kind of injustice happens, I want to offer more parental advice than “Sometimes life isn’t fair.”

  5. Jim Borden says:

    great poem, Brad. Angela Duckworth calls it Grit. and let’s not forget luck…

  6. Another one with a strong message, great work Brad 😊

  7. ezee shad says:

    There is nothing that is barred.. If you do the work that is hard! Brilliant. Thanks

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